Nur is washing her hands in Cox's Bazar refugee camp, Bangladesh
Nur is washing her hands in Cox's Bazar refugee camp, Bangladesh

It’s tough living in these tents. The water crisis is still here. I fill up bottles with safe water.”

Nur is looking after her family in a camp in Bangladesh.

We know how to wash our hands, how to be safe.

It’s tough living in these tents. The water crisis is still here. I fill up bottles with safe water.”

Nur is looking after her family in a camp in Bangladesh.

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I know about coronavirus. We are not afraid. We know how to wash our hands, how to be safe. We heard from volunteers, they told us.

Life in the refugee camp

There are many challenges we are facing including hot weather. More than 36-37,000 people are currently living in different blocks. 900,000 people fled from Myanmar in 2017 and got settled in different camps. In my family, there are 14 members living inside two different tents. I have been living in this refugee camp for over three years.

There is only one tube well in my block. I walk from one corner to another corner to collect water.

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How Oxfam is responding in the largest refugee camp in Bangladesh

  • In a Bangladesh refugee camp, 855,000 Rohingya people live in extremely overcrowded conditions.
  • We have scaled up measures like soap distribution and sanitation facilities.
  • We have stepped up our work on hygiene promotion in the camp.

Coronavirus in the camp

I know about coronavirus. I heard that we have to clean hands often with soap. Then we have to dry our hands. We have to do it to prevent the disease. We also have to maintain distance from each other.

We are not afraid. We know how to wash hands, how to be safe. We heard from volunteers, they told us. We know that we have to clean our hands every 20 minutes. We have to dry our hands and stay clean to stay away from the disease.

If we can eat well, we will stay healthy. If we get soap then we can wash hands, and take shower and we can stay away from disease.

Fabeha Monir/Oxfam

If we get soap then we can wash hands, and take shower and we can stay away from disease.”

Nur*

Volunteers from [organisations including Oxfam] come to us to make us aware of the coronavirus.

This virus transmits from one person to another. The affected person will have a high fever, body pain, coughing, and breathing problems. An affected person needs to stay separate from others in the family. If someone gets sick, we have to take the person to the hospital. If someone has a pain in the throat, body pain or fever. Then we have to take them. If he or she does not go to the hospital, they may die.

Inside the tiny tents, it is hard to socially distance. We wash our hands with soap frequently. I keep my child clean. When coughing or sneezing we use our elbows. We try to maintain at least two feet distance with others outside of the family while talking. We have minimised going out of the household and when my family members and I go out of the shelter we use masks.

Fabeha Monir/Oxfam

Oxfam has installed contactless handwashing devices which are activated with a foot peddle to avoid transmission of the virus from touching the soap and taps.

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Returning to Myanmar

I dream to get my son educated when he grows up.

I wish we could get our identity as the Rohingya community in Myanmar. And move back there and lead our life with family and relatives. I always pray to Allah to go back to Myanmar to my place some day soon.

Promoting health and education: what we've achieved

A woman wears a surgical mask and holds her baby in the Cox's Bazar refugee camp

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